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Tyler Eifert doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to go for training camp

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The career of Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert has been plagued by injuries, and the injury that ended his 2016 season may affect him into 2017 as well.

Eifert, whose season was cut short by a back injury, had offseason surgery and isn’t sure if he’ll be healthy enough to participate when the Bengals open training camp in three months.

“I don’t know,” Eifert said, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN. “I’ll have to see how I’m feeling and go from there.”

Eifert was in the same situation last year, when a Pro Bowl ankle injury lingered and left him wondering when he’d be ready to go for the regular season. As it turned out, he missed the first six games. This year, Eifert is confident he’ll get to 100 percent eventually, but it might be a while.

“I’ve still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. Just working through some of that. Once I get my strength back I’ll be fine,” he said.

That’s not a great situation for a player to be in, but at this point all the Bengals and Eifert can do is wait and hope that if he’s not ready for July, he’s at least ready for September.

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19 Responses to “Tyler Eifert doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to go for training camp”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 18, 2017 5:21 AM

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

    SMH.

  2. grogansheroes says: Apr 18, 2017 6:19 AM

    And everyone says Gronk is made of glass!

  3. bd233 says: Apr 18, 2017 6:56 AM

    Even though he’s a great tight end, he can’t stay healthy for a full season and the Bengals should not break the bank on resigning him.

  4. dollarbill247 says: Apr 18, 2017 7:02 AM

    OJ Howard…

  5. rutchaser says: Apr 18, 2017 7:06 AM

    Doesn’t matter fellow Bengals fans. Marvin is still there, Pacman the POS is returning, nothing is going to be any different. 14 years and no playoff wins so why would I expect it to happen this year. It’s beyond time for major changes but they are not happening. I know some of you are OK with the mediocrity we’ve witnessed since Marvin showed up because it’s better than the 90’s but I’m not.

  6. keiselsbeard says: Apr 18, 2017 7:09 AM

    The amount of money this bum has stolen from those goofs is felonious. They should just cut him.

  7. dacatindahat says: Apr 18, 2017 7:52 AM

    way past time to let this delicate little flower go…

  8. NFLexpert says: Apr 18, 2017 7:52 AM

    His best ability is availability, and he doesn’t have it. NFL is not for everybody…

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:16 AM

    When healthy he’s a stud, but it looks like his body is starting to breakdown. Would not be surprised at all if they draft a TE by round 3…….start getting ready for the future.

  10. LakefrontLegend says: Apr 18, 2017 8:17 AM

    37 career games played, 27 career games missed

  11. cincinnatikid13 says: Apr 18, 2017 8:34 AM

    I hate to say it, especially with the Bengals drafting Kroft and Uzomah recently, but it may be best for the Bengals to draft OJ Howard at this point. I love me some Eifert, but if he can’t play, then we may have to move on.

  12. nhpats says: Apr 18, 2017 9:50 AM

    Are the Bengals still moving forward with the red-headed guy at QB? If so, it doesn’t really matter….

  13. dregonspengler says: Apr 18, 2017 9:57 AM

    grogansheroes says:
    And everyone says Gronk is made of glass!

    He is.
    Just because someone else is also made of glass doesn’t mean he isn’t too.

  14. nje22 says: Apr 18, 2017 10:58 AM

    Draft the Bama TE

  15. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 18, 2017 11:25 AM

    Are the Bengals still moving forward with the red-headed guy at QB? If so, it doesn’t really matter….
    _________________

    Andy Dalton is the most underrated QB in the NFL. He gets slammed by people paying half-attention to the Bengals, yet he’s 9th among active players in passer rating and has a 56-35-2 record as starter. The playoff problems have been around as long as Marvin has. Marvin is 0-3 in the playoffs with 3 QBs not named “Andy Dalton”, and all played terribly.

    Btw…the Bengals should draft OJ Howard.

  16. nhpats says: Apr 18, 2017 11:30 AM

    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Apr 18, 2017 11:25 AM
    Are the Bengals still moving forward with the red-headed guy at QB? If so, it doesn’t really matter….
    _________________

    Andy Dalton is the most underrated QB in the NFL. He gets slammed by people paying half-attention to the Bengals, yet he’s 9th among active players in passer rating and has a 56-35-2 record as starter. The playoff problems have been around as long as Marvin has. Marvin is 0-3 in the playoffs with 3 QBs not named “Andy Dalton”, and all played terribly.

    Btw…the Bengals should draft OJ Howard.

    ———————

    I guess if you value a guy who comes up small in big games then you could call him “underrated”. If you value a guy who finds a way to win (see Tom Brady vs. Falcons for exhibit-A) then Dalton is very much over-rated…..in fact he downright stinks….

  17. joetoronto says: Apr 18, 2017 11:51 AM

    If the goal is regular season wins and playoff flameouts, Andy Dalton is your guy.

  18. ajigel says: Apr 18, 2017 11:51 AM

    I’m also on the OJ Howard bandwagon. Without a top flight TE, the offense really struggles in the red zone, and with Eifert in a contract year he’d be excellent insurance. Even if Eifert did resign (an incentive heavy contract), you’d still have Howard on a rookie contract, and by the time he signed his big second deal Eifert would likely be gone anyway (I don’t see him lasting on the Bengals for 8-9 years).

    Kroft and Uzomah aren’t bad, but they aren’t in that elite level yet, and might never be. Its time for the Bengals to help them find someone who can turn red zone possessions into touchdowns while staying on the field.

  19. dougchillin says: Apr 18, 2017 1:53 PM

    What is with this guy have surgeries in the offseason that keep him out of training camp and the season?

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